9/28 - 10/8

September 28th - October 8th

Rally for Allie
Over the weekend, our very own Allie Allen has gone viral—thanks to the national blog, Mashable.com. Read more by clicking here.

Staff of Riverdale “Pinks Out” in Support of Breast Cancer

The Houston Band takes another Grand Championship
“Out of fifteen of the finest high school marching bands in two states that made up the field of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s annual Dixie Marching Band Championship, Houston High School (Germantown, Tenn.) claimed the title of Grand Champion for the second straight year,” a blogger for Northeast Mississippi Community College writes. To read more, click here.

Houston High School performs a classic play to enthralled audience members
Last weekend, the students of Houston High School, under the direction of Kell Christie performed the play 12 Angry Jurors. Audience members were impressed with the level of skill displayed by such young actors. Read a review of the play by clicking here.
Upcoming: Riverdale Raiders are soon to open their first fall musical, Into the Woods Jr.
After rave reviews of their preview numbers at the school board meeting last month, it is sure to say that this show is not to be missed. For ticket information, click here.

Dogwood Elementary, at the top tier of philanthropy, continues to set its sights on helping the community

On Saturday, October 3rd, Dogwood Elementary faculty and families braved the cold and wind to participate in the JDRF One Walk at Shelby Farms. Read about all of the other things they are doing by clicking here.

At Farmington, a fourth grade class supports “John T” with their attention to Step Up For Down Syndrome
Mrs. Caryn Daugherty’s fourth grade class are participating in Step Up For Down Syndrome to support John T, a young adult who has been volunteering regularly in the classroom. Read more by clicking here.

Go Jim Go goes by Farmington Elementary and Riverdale Elementary
Go Jim Go is a 6-day telethon on wheels featuring Jim Jaggers, WREG News Channel 3 Meterologist. Jim and the Go Jim Go Cycling Team ride 333 miles throughout the region raising money for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Two of our five GMSD schools participated in the exciting event. Find out how much each school was able to raise or view the news footage by clicking here.

Big Read Art Contest Winners Announced
In a citywide event known as the Big Read, students from GMSD schools battled it out for top honors in an art contest based on the chosen book, The Wizard of Earth and Sea. Click here to see all of the winners and their submissions. All winning pieces will be framed and hung in the Germantown Public Library.
To read about all of the exciting, upcoming events in association with the Big Read, click here.
#getmovingGMSD: Elementary School Running Clubs are taking off across the District
Farmington Elementary Falcons 5K Club has enjoyed many successes over the past three years. So much so, that club sponsor, Mario Aviles, became unable to accommodate all of the children interested in running. Last spring, the Falcons 5K running club morphed into a running “team” complete with try-outs. Since the formation of the team, they or one of their members have occupied first place in almost every 5K of the season. “It is amazing what these kids can do!” says Coach Mario Aviles. The team now only serves grades 4-5. To fill that void, teachers Courtney Berggren and Emily Deaton are beginning a new running club called Run Like a Girl. For girls in grades 1-3, the goal is to get moving and develop a love for running.
The Dogwood Dolphins cross-country team is also taking off. The team participated in its first cross-country meet at Shelby Farms last Thursday afternoon.

Blue Chips: New teachers meet to discuss pressing issues
Being a new teacher is hard. But, a beginner teacher’s load can be lessened by a great support system. Read all about what GMSD is doing to enhance the experience for our newest top recruits by clicking here.
Shining S.T.A.R. Teachers are honored at all of our K-8 schools
Each month, students across GMSD have the opportunity to honor special teachers and district staff through a Germantown Education Foundation (GEF) program known as S.T.A.R. (Staff/Teacher Appreciation and Recognition). Participating students made a one-time, tax-deductible gift of $8 to the foundation and then wrote a message about what makes their teacher honoree so special. - See more by clicking here.
Click to view a photo album of DES teachers receiving their S.T.A.R.s.

Spokes vs. Stangs: Rolling Wheelchair expo game to benefit Germantown Education Foundation
On Saturday, October 10th, Houston High varsity basketball teammates, school administrators, faculty, and GPD school resource officers will play against the Rolling Grizzlies in a game of wheelchair basketball. The aim of the event is to raise money for the GEF and the Rolling Grizzlies. Money awarded to the GEF through ticket sales will be applied to grants.
Read more about the event by clicking here.

Houston Middle named as ABC24’s Cool School of the week
Tune into ABC News Channel 24 to view Houston Middle School as they pull out all the stops for this week’s Local Cool School segment. Several events happening at the middle school pushed it into the limelight this week. Click here to find out when the segment airs and all of the exciting things happening at Houston Middle this week.
Honors Academy presents some astounding Capstone Projects
This week our seniors will be presenting their capstone projects to the community. With topics ranging from optometry to the educational value of art—the projects are truly something to be celebrated. The community is invited to attend student led presentations that sum up their work. To view a list of presenters and their topics, click here. See more by clicking here.
News channel ABC24, while covering Houston Middle School for it’s Local Cool School segment learned of the project presentations and have decided to feature one of the presenters on their segment Local Cool Kids.
HMS hosts its annual spook fest fundraiser, Haunted Houston
A scary haunted hallway, bounce houses, family friendly carnival games, silent auction for parents, food, and musical entertainment all await the brave visitors. Come in costume or as you are and plan on a fun evening for the entire family.
$5, $10, and $25 ticket punch cards will be available for purchase at the door and can be used to pay for these items and more. No spoilers here, but the Central Office has an amazing plan for our room that will scare the socks off of you.

Lady Mustang Golfers capture state title
The girls took the AAA state golf championship last week. Freshman Jayna Choi, featured as last month’s Student in the Spotlight, aptly predicted the win. She herself shot a tournament-record 8-under-par 64 to take the individual championship by seven strokes. Houston’s Baili Park, a sophomore on the team, finished eighth overall. For the boys, Andrew Wood was the top-placing local golfer finishing tied for 33rd in the State.
A very special Cop Stop for School Resource Officer (SRO) Mike Maggipinto
Last Friday, the Germantown Police Department chased an armed suspect throughout several neighborhoods. Two of our GMSD school resource officers double as GPD SWAT members. Read about their heroic deeds on that morning and view the reactions of their school communities by clicking here.
GMSD celebrates National Walk to School Wednesday in style
Each school celebrated the beautiful walk to school a little differently. Farmington Elementary, which is the only school to participate in Walk to School Wednesday on a monthly basis, used the day to kick off their monthly campaign. They also encouraged students to dress in their favorite sports attire.
At Dogwood Elementary School, hospitality kiosks sponsored by Whole Foods greeted walkers. The kiosks boasted fresh fruits, coffee for the parents, water bottles for the kids, and Halloween themed glasses. McGruff the Crime Dog was also on hand for selfies and autographs on the way in the door.
Riverdale Elementary School also had an unusual visitor. Eddie the Eagle greeted students and parents as they walked to school. Water stations and sticker hand-outs were organized by the PTA.
View an album of Walk To School Wednesday by clicking here.
Houston High Students deliver decorated pumpkins to Central Office
A now annual tradition, the functional skills class decorates pumpkins to deliver to community members each October.

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