April 12th - May 8th

The Recap

April 12th - May 8th

In case you missed it last week, a big offer was made as the district continues down dual tracks to alleviate some overcrowding in the K-8 grade bands. Read all about the latest offer to Shelby County Schools for the namesake schools. Our team will keep you posted on any results. 

Carla Christian is named Middle School Counselor of the year for West Tn Counseling Association
To say that Mrs. Christian, one of two exceptional school counselors at Houston Middle School, deserves the title is an understatement. With Houston Middle School being the ONLY middle school in the state to achieve the RAMP status, and their attention to development of the whole child—we encourage you to reach out this week with your congratulations. And, of course, don’t forget to mark your calendars for their big upcoming annual event, Days of Diversity (more on that later).

A special nod of APPRECIATION to our school nurses
In celebration of Germantown Municipal School’s amazing nursing staff, the district sent each school nurse lunch and a little treat. Happy Nurse Appreciation Week (May 8-12)!
Even though GMSD celebrates its teacher appreciation days based on school preference, this is National Teacher Appreciation Week. To read a heartfelt letter from our Superintendent Jason Manuel, to our beloved GMSD teachers, click here. And, see this note that came from Shuttle Chef offering our teachers a special code that waves the delivery fee on all orders placed May 8th-11th.

What will they think of next?
Kudos to the Human Resources Department for another round of successful GMSD Snapshots. From a yellow brick road theme at Dogwood with their “There’s No Place Like Dogwood” t-shirts to an elaborately themed Amazing Race experience at Riverdale, Germantown Municipal Schools showed once again why we are the BEST place to teach in the Midsouth.
On that topic…Germantown was named as the VERY TOP place to teach in Tennessee last week according to a new blog report by LendEdu.com.
“Highest score in TN, and in the top 100 for the nation (61, respectively). It's great to be a teacher at GMSD!” 
The GMSD Stampede went off without a hitch, Jessica Minton of Houston High School won the Principal Toyota new-car-for-a-year, and each school was awarded large sums of money by the Foundation this week. And, of course, the GEF is still accepting applications for their teacher grants.
They’ve also kicked off their annual Treasures for Teachers campaign, being chaired by Natalie Williams. To get involved, please email her for details, [email protected]


Jayla Hemmingway has been nominated as one of eight finalists in this year’s Commercial Appeal Player of the Year competition. Similar to the region’s on ESPY awards for young athletes, she’ll walk the red carpet at the Orpheum with her fellow nominees on June 9th. Meanwhile, Hemmingway and Madison Griggs were both selected for the AAA All-Metro Basketball Team. Click here to read more about the honors that keep rolling in for our Mustang Ladies.
The student robotics team, Machine-O-Cherry, from Houston Middle School took first place in the big regional Lego Mindstorm Robotics competition over the weekend. Congratulations are in order to Anna Cantwell, Tess Enemark, Anissa Pokornty-Yadav, Adam Eoff, and Megha Parikh!
As the entire cast, crew, and student orchestra prepares for their big red carpet moment at the Orpheum at the end of the month, Houston High student Abi Crigler, is gearing up for a special kind of close up. Crigler has been chosen as a finalist in a competition to report LIVE from red carpet of the Jimmys, the national version of the High School Musical Theater Awards! You can help send her there by clicking the link and sharing, liking, or commenting on their Facebook post about Abi Crigler. 
Once again, GMSD has national art winners in the Reflections Contest. We are waiting on images and links, but in the meantime: Congratulations to the 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections Winners from Houston High School: Katharine Nowak; Film Production; Award of Merit; "Who We Are" AND Halima Morafa; Visual Arts; Award of Excellence; "An Unfinished Chapter". More information on this year's Reflections competition.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...here’s a round-up of the last couple of weeks
Houston Middle School invites you to their annual Days of Diversity Festival
This year's fest will take place on May 16th from 6pm-8pm and feature, "A Taste of Diversity" food samplings, arts and crafts, and art exhibition, and tours of their decorated hallways. Fun for all ages, and free to the public, it is always a wonderful time! Each year they also host a poster contest to promote the event. This year, they had a tie--as you can see BOTH posters chosen are quite astonishing. 
Houston High Theatre Breaks Record for HTSMA Nominations
Our team excitedly reported nine award nominations through the Orpheum's High School Musical Theater Awards last year--and the nominations were just broadcast to reveal that HHS has garnered FIFTEEN in 2017 for its recent 42nd Street production.

May is here--and that means one thing to the HHS Mustang Baseball program--WIN THE LAST GAME
Click here to read an exclusive behind the scenes interview with Coach Collins Day about the great season being played by our HHS Baseball team.
Fundraising Fairy Godmothers Grant Wish of St Jude Patient
Through the fundraising work of Riverdale Elementary School, a former St Jude patient will be bibbidi boppidi booed all the way to Disney World. Click here to read the article.

Mrs. Jones and her students strike again with their acts of kindness
She and her students are caught creating little teacher appreciation packets for the staff of Houston High School as well as assembling goodie bags for Joy901’s Joy Prom last month. Keep up the good work!
Don’t forget to check out this year’s last installment of Spotlight On Excellence
Published on May 1, 2017, Superintendent Jason Manuel & co-host Mason Grace of the Germantown Municipal School district in Germantown, TN as they highlight Farmington Elementary's Courtney Berggren as they talk about the Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen's visit to her classroom. Candice McQueen sits down for a quick interview at Farmington Elementary and Fine Arts Consulting Teacher Dr. Ted Fuller discusses the fine arts happening at GMSD. Also, GMSD students Thane, Timothy, and Sally Alkema perform a special strings number. This episode will air on Germantown Municipal Television throughout the month of May 2017. Click here to watch the show.
Houston celebrates world culture at International Extravaganza
This past April 13th, Houston High School celebrated its International Extravaganza, an event designed to celebrate cultures around the globe, as well as the cultures right around Houston High’s hallways. This incredible event included performances representing a wide range of countries and delicious snacks and such from across the world.  
Farmington Third Graders Get Hands-On Lesson in City Government
On Thursday, May 4, City Hall hosted seven Farmington Elementary third-grade classrooms. Loaded on to buses at the school, the students traveled the short distance and arrived at City Hall to expectant staff waiting on People Street, outside of Council Chambers in a special trip organized by Natalie Williams and Leslie Acerra. 
Bailey Price named a President's Scholar at Southern Methodist University
Bailey Price of Germantown has been named a President's Scholar at Southern Methodist University, where she will be a first-year student in the fall of 2017. The SMU President's Scholars program attracts some of the most academically gifted students in the nation.  

Spanish superstars sweep national test and society
This week has been quite the fiesta for the honors students enrolled in Houston High School’s Spanish Department. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese grant awards every year to high performing students on the academically rigorous National Spanish Exam and Houston was fortunate to have 66 students receive such prestige. 

RES art students tour HHS art room for a glimpse of their futures
On Friday, April 28, Riverdale’s 7th grade Advanced Art program was given a glimpse of their future art classes in high school. Riverdale students toured the Houston High School Art Exhibit, and also participated in a question and answer session with current Houston students ranging from Honors Art 1 through AP Art. GMSD is bursting with amazing visual artists from every grade level. The future is very bright in Germantown! 
GMSD student art work displayed at the Dixon Gallery
Several Farmington and Dogwood students are currently featured in a Dixon Gallery art show, Made in Dixon, was on display last month at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Way to go, GMSD!

Riverdale 6th Grade advanced art Ornamental Metal museum
On Wednesday, April 26, the 6th grade advanced art program traveled to the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Under the instruction of local artist, Glenda Brown, students painted en plein air along the riverside. We look forward to continuing to expose our students to more local artists and visual arts resources in the future. GMSD supports visual arts and providing our students with the best opportunities to grow their creative problem solving skills.  
Pennies for patients, pies for teachers, and pigs for administrators
Farmington’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser was a huge success this year. The Pennies for Patients Campaign benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is an organization that funds research to find cures for blood cancers. FES began participating in the program in 2015, raising close to $7,000. Student Council wanted to raise the bar by setting the goal at $10,000 this year. Click here to read the article.

Houston High's 'fifth measure' take second place at National Acapella Convention
Houston High School is fortunate to be home to many incredibly talented students and distinguished arts programs. One such program is our esteemed acapella choir, Fifth Measure. The mixed choir of 21 boys and girls, each singled out amongst their talented peers in a high stress vocal audition at the beginning of the year, was selected via video submission from hundreds of applicants nationwide to compete in the National Acapella Convention, an event sponsored by the Acapella Educators Association. 
Searching for a summer camp? Look no further--GMSD has plenty of offerings.
From sports to the arts, our schools, teachers, and coaches offer a wide variety of programming for Germantown area children. 
Mrs. Vijaya Subramani took official office as President of TABS at her annual state conference. She was also named a Level II distiniction by the TSBA (a huge honor)!  Congratulations, Mrs. Subramani.

Musicians of all ages won't want to miss this rare opportunity!
The U.S. Fleet Forces Band's Brass Quintet is coming to Germantown to perform a free concert and clinic at Houston High School on May 10. Click the article title for details.

Upcoming GMSD Events


New Teacher Orientation

Wed Jul 28 2021
to Thu Jul 29 2021

Differentiated Admin Day

Fri Jul 30 2021

Admin Days

Mon Aug 2 2021
to Tue Aug 3 2021

PD Days

Wed Aug 4 2021
to Fri Aug 6 2021

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